FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup
This annually staged elite-level competition is organised around seven meets and takes place in some of the world's most amazing natural water bodies, either freshwater (lake, rowing course, river) or saltwater (sea).
In the beginning (between 1997 and 2006), the World Cup included a whole range of long distances. Since 2007, FINA decided to focus the World Cup on the 10km distance only, as a direct consequence of the introduction of the 10km Marathon Swim on the Olympic programme in 2005. The former Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit was therefore “split” in order to create a separate 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup, while races above 10km would then be part of the FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix.
The 2014 circuit of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup kicks off in Patagones-Viedma (ARG) on February 1, then continues in Cancun (MEX) on April 5, Setubal (POR) on June 28, Lac St. Jean (CAN) on July 24, Lac Magog (CAN) on July 31, Lac Megantic (CAN) on August 9, Chun'an (CHN) on October 12, and concludes in Hong Kong (HKG) on October 18.
MSWC 2014: Grimaldi (ITA) and Lurz (GER) set the pace in Cancun
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Thomas Lurz (GER) dominated the second stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2014 in Cancun (MEX), where a total 75 swimmers, 34 women and 41 men from 20 countries, took the plunge.
In the women's race, Martina Grimaldi of Italy, 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, emerged victorious in 2h12m37s. Brazilians Poliana Okimoto, reigning World champion and winner of Race 1 in Viedma, and Ana Marcela Cunha placed second and third, respectively in 2h12m38s and in 2h12m39s.
MSWC 2013: Grimaldi (ITA) and Fogg (GBR) dominate race in Cozumel (MEX)
Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and Daniel Fogg (GBR) emerged victorious at the fourth stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013, held for the first time in Cozumel, Mexico. The event had a record 128 participants (53 women and 75 men) from 24 countries, who swam in the crystal-clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean and enjoyed the naturally stunning scene.
The women's race was very close and featured a high level of competition. The top-five finishers arrived in a mass finish, within split seconds of one another, and only a photo finish decided which one of them was the winner.
MSWC 2013: Reichert (GER) and Cunha (BRA) in top shape in Eilat (ISR)
65 swimmers plunged into the crystal waters of Eilat for the third stop of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013. The city of Eilat hosted this Olympic swimming event for the second year in a row. 16 countries participated in this competition while enjoying the ideal conditions of 28 degrees Celsius with a water temperature of 21 degrees.
A surprising victory was set by Christian Reichert who beat his fellow rival from the German team, World champion Thomas Lurz: "I didn't feel threatened by anyone and I didn't look back. I was focused on winning every meter of this race."
MSWC 2013: Beraud (FRA) and Brunemann (USA) win inaugural race in Santos (BRA)
The season of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup 2013 has started! The city of Santos, in Brazil, staged the first leg of the annual circuit at Aparecida beach. 95 swimmers (49 men and 36 women) from 13 countries contested the event: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.
Big names in the world of open water attended the event: Olympic champion Eva Rizstov (the Hungarian was taking part in her first event in Brazil), 2012 Olympic medallists Thomas Lurz (GER), Richard Weinberger (CAN), Martina Grimaldi (ITA) and home heroes Ana Marcela Cunha (reigning World Cup champion) and Poliana Okimoto (overall winner of the 2009 Series).
Canadian Olympian Richard Weinberger wins World Cup race
Canadian Olympic team member Richard Weinberger of Victoria won the gold medal on Thursday in the men’s 10 kilometre race at the FINA Open Water Swimming World Cup circuit. It was Weinberger’s first career World Cup win.
He clocked one hour and 56 minutes and 05.04 seconds finishing ahead of Arthur Frayler of the U.S., in second at 1:56:07.01 and Christian Reichert of Germany in third at 1:56:09.01.
Richard Weinberger (CAN) wins bronze at open water swimming World Cup
Richard Weinberger of Victoria took another big step towards earning a berth on the Olympic team on Sunday winning the bronze medal in the men’s 10 kilometre race at a marathon swimming World Cup. World champion Spiros Gianniotis of Greece won the gold medal in two hours and 11 minutes and 39.51 seconds. Nicola Bolzonello of Italy was second in 2:11:41.44 and Weinberger followed closely in 2:11:42.34.
Seven Olympic qualifiers from last year’s world championships were in the race and Weinberger finished ahead of six of them. "I’m very excited about this performance," said Weinberger, 21. "It gives me a lot of confidence and it proves my strong results last year were no fluke."
Victoria’s Richard Weinberger leads the pack of seven Canucks in Brazil
Seven Canadian swimmers will be taking part in the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup this Sunday in Santos, Brazil with hopes of getting closer to an Olympic berth. Amongst these seven athletes, Victoria’s Richard Weinberger is heading into the event with high expectations and the determination to extend his winning streak.
Weinberger produced Canada’s top result in the 10km during last summers’ World Championships in Shanghai, yet a 16th place finish wasn’t enough to secure his spot for the Olympic swimming marathon in London. Only the top 10 swimmers of each category at the Shanghai Championships earned their ticket to London, while the remaining 15 slots are yet to be filled.
Setubal ready to host the 2011 edition of the FINA 10km MSWC
The 2011 edition of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup event in Setubal (POR), to take place on June 18, was formally launched with a Press Conference attended by some stars participating in the race, by the Mayor of Setubal Maria das Dores Meira, by the President of the Portuguese Swimming Federation and FINA Bureau Member Paulo Frischknecht, and by the FINA Delegate Noam Zvi.
South African legend and Olympic athlete Natalie Du Toit explained that it was the first time she was competing in Setubal, and revealed her “anxiety to know the place and feel the temperature of the water”.
Brazil’s Victor Simoes will also make its debut in Portuguese waters and expressed his optimism in terms of the organisation: “Some swimmers who have been here year last year showed me some videos of the event and I know that the level is quite good”.
Waschburger (GER) and Okimoto (BRA) dominate in Cancun (MEX)
In all, 36 athletes from 15 countries (Germany, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Slovenia, USA, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Syria and Switzerland) took the departure in a race that serves as a testing ground for the upcoming FINA World Championships in Shanghai.
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